Monthly Archives: March 2020

Three on a Wire: McCormick, Johnson Brothers, and Rakkasan

No, I am not having tea this late at night in Mississippi.  If you are elsewhere, it could well be morning.  This is the start of the second week on working from home, online classes for our students, and it … Continue reading

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Harmony House “Vintage” and No. 10 Jing Mai Shou Ripe Pu-Erh from 2017

Several days ago, I mentioned doing the pu-erh tasting, and this morning felt like a perfect day for it.  I went outside to see sunshine, blue clear skies, and things that are green and not yellow as the rain last … Continue reading

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Rooibos: Served in Sibongile Pottery

These are trying times, are they not?  And yet, we continue to carve out moments of significance and joy as best we can, even when hard and unthinkable things are happening.  Which brings me partly to my reason for writing … Continue reading

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Fire King Peach Lustre: Perfect for smoky lapsang souchong!

Fire King’s Peach Lustre brings you the tea for today: smoky lapsang souchong.  The earliest date I found for Fire King oven dishes, by Anchor Hocking, was the September 18, 1941 Bayard News from Bayard, Iowa, where Brideson’s Groceries advertised: OUR FIRE … Continue reading

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Nine Dragons Oolong with Lu-Ray and Unmarked Wheat

My Rakkasan tea of the day today is the Vietnamese Nine Dragons Oolong, from the Cho Long in Yen Chau district of Son La province, on the border by Laos.  This full-bodied tea can stand up to 5-6 infusions according … Continue reading

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Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong in Golden Wheat

Today, I’m pouring Rakkasan Tea Company’s Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong, served in Homer Laughlin’s Golden Wheat pattern with 22K gold trim.  The flat cup and saucer set sell for $5.99 at china.  I bought a set of two cups … Continue reading

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The Great Mississippi Tea Company: Black Magnolia

Black Magnolia, by The Great Mississippi Tea Company, is a first flush black tea, grown, picked, rolled, and packaged right here in Brookhaven, Mississippi.  Rakkasan Tea Company visited The Great Mississippi Tea Company back in May 2019 to pluck and … Continue reading

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The Unknown: Tea cups and the future

Much of the time I can recall where I obtained a particular tea cup or saucer (if not a matched set), but what I recall about this one is that I also bought a second one in the same pattern, … Continue reading

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Rakkasan Tea Company: Kanchenjunga Oolong from Nepal

Today’s post is brought to you by SuzasSIPpi’s Vintage Tea Cup and Rakkasan Tea Company’s Kanchenjunga Oolong from Nepal.  The vintage tea cup of the day is Anchor Hocking’s Alice Jade Ite.  It is jade green, with a floral motif … Continue reading

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Ya Shi Xiang: Look deeper and beyond the surface if you want to find real treasure.

When life is upended as we know it, I find comfort in small rituals that have meaning to me…like brewing a pot of tea and using my collection of vintage tea cups.  The pattern here is Edwin M. Knowles Sylvan, a design … Continue reading

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